We are having a great time marketing our way down the Hudson River. Everywhere we go we are delighted to make new friends at dockside. Now we are coming to the final phase of this odyssey, the goal that all of this work has been leading up to for well over a year. Some of you readers out there have been reading me since long before we had a boat, a crew, a cargo, all there was was a lone farmer's loopy idea of building a sail cargo vessel to unify the goals of low-impact water trade and revitalization of the regional foodshed. An idiotic concept that would have certainly died at any bank loan officer's desk or any self-respecting boardroom table.
99% of the time I am still so immersed in the challenges of the day to day that I fail to appreciate the big picture, but occasionally it's worth taking a moment to consider how far we've come, and how this whole endeavor is really the product of teamwork and community-building on a regional scale. Sailing through this stunningly beautiful land on a handsome (yes, handsome) craft we all made together by hand, working alongside friends whose values I share, I feel incredibly fortunate that despite all the havoc the last 70 or so years of rapid "development" that have been wreaked on this landscape and its human culture, there is still beauty there, and there is still potential to rediscover a more benign way of living together. VSFP artist, builder and stevedore Brian Goblick has termed this a "utopian reality project." Now, maybe I wouldn't go that far, but the mere fact that we are here, on the final approach to NYC, suggests that community-driven approaches to change can't be written off as categorically unworkable.
Here is the roundup of our coming events. I'm going to put this in its own page in the menu bar, too. Some of these events may be subject to change but as of this moment this is the authoritative, final word on the trajectory of Ceres for the final 10 days of our first southbound voyage with cargo
We just had a great time in Kingston where we were kindly hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston. Sold some cargo (Ceres floats an inch higher than 24 hours ago, and that's 2000 lbs of cargo), led some school groups through a tour of Ceres and what she represents to their fine city and its longstanding heritage of waterborne freight, and even played some music. Thanks especially to Patrick McDonough and Lana at the museum and to Gai Galetzine and Pamlela Boyce-Simms for being such great hosts. Photographer Jim Peppler took these photos and I hope to post some directly onto the blog soon.